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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Fedex Express Delivery Unit <>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 01:58:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Please respond

Customer/Delivery Services Department
2nd Roundabout, Akowonjo , Egbeda, Lagos Nigeria
Tel: +234-802-994-1661    
Primary SIC: Air Courier Services, Primary NAICS: Couriers
Description: Transportation: International courier services   PARCEL STATUS: AWAITING DISPATCH   Dear Valued Customer,   Welcome to the Dispatch Center of the FedEx Express. With reference to this email you received from us, there is a bank draft which was deposited in our office by Mr.G.Smith of the Chevron Oil and Gas Company to be delivered to you, we have no idea why he is sending you this Bank Draft but we are acting under his instructions and we have been waiting for you to contact us all this while that is why we went through your information and decided to get you.   All you need to do right now to get your enveloped type package in which the bank draft of $780,000 US Dollars is included delivered to your door step is to go ahead and pay the $255 USD only. I will send to you the Scan Copy of the Airway Bill and the package order number as well as the package tracking number in which you can use to check your package status at any
FedEx branch nearest to you and also on our website online. Do note that any contact with any FedEx BRANCH near you will be of no use until I send to you the parcel delivery details along with the Air Way bill so that they can help you track your parcel and I can only send that after payment of the $255.   Please kindly note that we do not operate COD (Cash-On-Delivery) on this type of fee since the delivery fee has not been paid for. Thus any mail regarding COD (Cash on Delivery) may not be acknowledged.   Note that for efficiency, transparency, and speed all payments are made through our Senior Cashier Officer (John Okoh) to our Accounts Department via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Money Transfer with the following information:   Name: John Okoh
Address: Egbeda, Lagos, Nigeria .
Text Question to be used: Code
Text Answer: Friend
Amount to Be Sent: $255 USD   Kindly Note That Parcel will get to customers 48hours after payment have been confirmed. After payment you are required to send to us a well scanned copy of your payment receipt alongside the following details through this email:   Name of Sender:
Address of Sender:
Money Transfer Control Number: or Payment Reference No:
Amount Sent:   You are to locate the closest Western Union or Money Gram Agent either in a Mini Mart or A Post Office and effect the payment. Note that your package is expected to be delivered as soon as your Payment has been confirmed by our Account's Department.    For More Enquiries you can contact our 24hrs Customer Care via E-mail or Phone on +234-802-994-1661. Do note that conversations and Mails are monitored and recorded for efficient services to our dearest customers. Thanks for patronage. Sincerely,   Larry Williams
Customer Relations Representative
FedEx COURIER Services.   *********************************************************************************************************************************************** Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and contains confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message. *********************************************************************************************************************************************** Copyright © 2010 FedEx Courier Services.

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